Research

Improving air quality

Co-designing with doulas

Creating meaningful metrics

Adapting wayfinding


Design

Fostering slow conversation

Playing in public

Reinventing the library

Designing an exhibit


User Experience

Telling the Soofa story

Prototyping an interface


Art

Making eye contact

Printmaking





About

Gabrielle Clarke is a human-centered designer, design researcher, and strategist from San Diego, California. She graduated from Olin College of Engineering in 2018 with a degree in engineering and a concentration in human-centered design. She loves thinking about challenging problems at the system level, and also refining small details.

She is currently a Product Design Associate at Livongo Health.


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Co-designing with doulas




Engaging in a design research and human-centered design process to understand opportunities for improvement in the lives and practices of perinatal doulas.

Challenge

I worked on a team that conducted a design research and co-design project with doulas, emotional caregivers for parents during the birth process. The project was completed as part of an introductory course on design research and human-centered design practices.

We sought to learn about a user group, identify opportunities for products or services that might solve problems in those users’ lives, and then prototype solutions through a collaborative design process.

Research questions

What is most challenging in the life of a doula? How might doulas’ lives and practices be improved?

Research approach

We interviewed fifteen doulas, midwives, and perinatal specialists in the Boston area to establish an understanding of birth work.

We used card sorting and collaborative sketching activities to identify priorities in doulas' lives and practices and opportunities for improvement.